Holly Willoughby wishes Eamonn Holmes happy birthday after his This Morning axe

Thursday's episode of This Morning opened with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield wishing Eamonn Holmes a happy birthday.

The host turned 61 today (Thursday, December 3), with some happy news coming after it was confirmed he and wife Ruth Langsford will be replaced on their Friday presenting slot.

The long-standing hosting couple will be replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary on Fridays, with Eamonn and Ruth standing in for Holly and Phil during the holidays.

But Holly and Phil made it clear that the fan-favourite host was still a part of the This Morning family as they wished him a happy birthday.

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